Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Making an Easy Tutorial....HARDER!!

I asked Kristin for this tutorial that she used for the checkerboard potholders. The first ones I made were following exactly the tutorial. After that I decided to change things up. Here is what I did:
1). I cut the Insul-Bright to 8" square
2). Cut the fabric squares to 9" square
3). Layered as directed. I now have a small seam allowance on each side that does not include the Insul-Bright.
4). Stitched around the edges without stitching the Insul-Bright
5). Turn right side out, being careful not to bunch the Insul-Bright
6). Reinforce the edges with a decorative stitch. This holds the Insul-Bright in place.

Why? you may ask?
Well, after turning the first set right side out, if was kind of puffy and the edges did not lay nice. The seams were so bulky with the Insul-Bright that even with reinforcing , they would have puffed up. Taking the Insul-Bright out of the outer seam and "floating" it in the middle makes the sames lay nicely and after the decorative stitch makes them lay flat and gives them a more finished, tailored look.

So, try it and see what you think. I like how mine turned out and it really didn't take too much longer. Totally worth it!!


Kristin said...

Great idea! I hate that they are so 'fat' around the edges... is a 'zig-zag' stitch decorative?! :)

Becky DeVries said...

yes, zig zag is totally decorative!!

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